Sweet creations for your sweetie!

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It's citrus season. Time for making marmalade from lovely  bitter Seville Oranges, for enjoying pink Cara Caras and red Blood Oranges cut into salads and roasted with poultry or veggies. Such a wonderful fresh pop of color on these dark winter days! 
Here's a simple marmalade recipe from CERTO UK: marmalade recipe

citrus season seville oranges for marmalade cut special oranges cut

2020! How did that happen!? 

laughter one

Bring it on!

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Ruddy Potato!

reindeer choir cartoon

Wishing you all the best for 2020

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Seattle chocolates have outdone themselves with their beautiful holiday packaging...

seattle chocolate bars holiday

And of course the old fashioned Hammond Candy Canes are back...although the mint ones are going fast!

hammonds old fashioned cand

Well, its officially here: the Christmas Season. We just recieved our first load of Christmas Trees, and they smell fantastic! Local too, from Giesbrecht Farms in the Fraser Valley. Just in time for the Bowen Island "Light up the Cove" festivities on Saturday evening!

trees arrive

Maybe next week!

snow sheep

Well here we are heading into winter. Time for soup! The Ruddy Kitchen has packaged up some containers of beautiful HOME MADE BROTH: chicken, turkey and beef. Partner these with lovely fall veggies and grains or beans from our bulk section adn you are well on your way. You will find them ready to go in the grocery FREEZER section in the store, alongside our other popular frozen bone broth bases.

And,  the SOUP FAIRY will finally be making a debut at the Ruddy...likely next week... with his much in demand wonton soup and some other surprises. Cozy up!


A good home made stock is the basis for so many wonderful recipes. The Ruddy Kitchen makes its own stocks.... and starting today, we will be carrying the chicken and turkey versions in the store. Look in the fresh soup area of the cooler, and in the frozen soup section of the freezer. For some inspiration, here's a lovely classic recipe to get you started!

chicken veloute sauce

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It's Friday night....what's for dinner?

Lemon Chicken and Potato Bake with Meyer Lemons

recipe by "Cravings of a Lunatic"

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


4 split chicken breasts
2 pounds of baby potatoes, cut in half
2 cups of Italian Salad Dressing (We suggest LITEHOUSE ORGANIC BALSAMIC VINEGRETTE)
2 meyer lemons, sliced thinly
Rosemary, optional
Coarse salt, to taste
Water, add if needed (I added about 1/2 cup around the thirty minute mark)


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Lay the chicken breast down in the dish, I put them towards the corners.
  • Add the potatoes and spread evenly in the dish.
  • Pour the dressing over top of the chicken and potatoes.
  • Lay lemon slices over the chicken and potatoes randomly.
  • If you want rosemary you can add it now, or just use it for garnish later. Some folks like rosemary, some don't. So it's a completely optional ingredient.
  • Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven. Cook for 55 minutes total. (Check the chicken at 30 minutes to make sure there's enough liquid, and stir the potatoes around. If you need more liquid you can add some water at this point. I baste everything at this point to keep the chicken moist. Slide the casserole dish back in the oven and cook for another 15 minutes. Check again by pulling the dish out of the oven and baste again, and move the potatoes around a bit. If you need some water add some. Slide back in and cook for another 10 minutes.) The basting will really help. Don't be shy to add a little water if the dressing cooks off too quickly.
  • Remove from the oven. Discard rosemary.
  • Transfer everything to a big platter and serve family style, or just place the casserole dish on a heat resistant trivet on the table.
  • Serve with a big old lemon chicken loving smile!


You can add water as it cooks to keep it moist and prevent it from sticking to the pan. I added about 1/2 cup at the thirty minute mark. Just keep an eye on it and add as needed.

How did it get to be Thanksgiving already?! Here on balmy Bowen Island, we are shivering in 13 degree sunny fall days and the first touch of frost in the Valley overnight. Time for apple and pumpkin pies, roasted veggies, dense fall salads with nuts and cheeses, perhaps a nice bottle of something red... 

The Ruddy is stocked up with all the trimmings for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast: natural Turkeys from JD Farms, beautiful big bone-in hams, and Tofurky (frozen) for the vegetarians. The produce section is overflowing with gorgeous fall veggies. What's not to love? Check out the recipes tab on this website for some great ideas for your celebration. If you don't want to cook, full traditional Turkey Dinners will be delivered from our Kitchen to the store on Friday afternoon. Cheers!

baked pumpkins with spinach mushrooms and cheese recipe roast turkey flower apple pie beets and grains salad pumpkin pie

BC family day

Have an awesome weekend!

store in summer summer view 1


Fresh from Chilliwack!  Another taste of summer!

chiliwack corn

Finally! Some gorgeous fresh sockeye salmon for the weekend! Cook inlet in Alaska is having a great run and we were lucky to get in on it through our friends at Fisherman's Market in West Vancouver. What a treat on the BBQ basted with with a bit of  maple syrup ....

Here is some info on the run: http://www.alaskajournal.com/2019-01-09/cook-inlet-sockeye-forecast-improves-kings-closed-north )

bbq sockeye salmon

So happy to be working with the BRITISH BUTCHER SHOPPE in North Vancouver to trial wrapping meat in paper for retail sale instead of the usual plastic! We tried a small run last week and they all sold quickly. So. We will try again this coming Monday with a slightly bigger order. Hopefully it's a trend we can expand.

butcher paper wraped package

Gotta love this time of year. Today we are getting STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES ande BLUEBERRIES from Krause Farms in the Fraser Valley. How gorgeous!

I plan to turn this:

strwb rasp and blue 

Into this: 

 mixed berry jam

Here's how: 

  • Measure 2 cups mashed strawberries and 1 cup each mashed raspberries and blueberries into large bowl; mix well.
  • Bring  3 c sugar,  1 pkg pectin and 1 cup water to a boil in large saucepan, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  • Add fruit mixture; stir 1 minute or until thoroughly mixed.
  • Fill clean  containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops; cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours until set. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

A Canada Day Menu from the Vancouver Sun...great!

Planked salmon

beet, quinoa and feta salad

ice cream with blueberry sauce and lemon


planked salmon  beet quinoa and feta salad  ice cream with blueberry sauce

Have a wonderful CANADA DAY long weekend!

beaver with flags


First flats of Fraser Valley STRAWBERRIES arrived yesterday. How gorgeous. Of course they are flying out the door, and we will likely sell out before the end of Friday.The FRESH season is starting and it is so beautiful! Rhubarb, lots of fruits, asparagus, corn....


Well here are a couple of very good deals in the meat department: 

Paleo bacon from Pedersen Farms: uncured, sugar free hickory bacon

Macleans Meats Hickory breakfast strips

BOTH ONLY $6.99 per package....regularly $11.49, while supplies last!

Uncured No Sugar Added Hick McLean Meats Can Hickory Po


2 litre glass milk bottles from Avalon Dairy! They are so funky...and of course returnable, refillable and reuseable. Way to go, Avalon Dairy.

2 litre avalon glass bottle

Regular dental floss is just waxed nylon, rolled up in a small plastic box...enter FLOSSPOT! Cute as can be tiny glass mason jar with silk floss. Nice to see this zero waste product alongside our bamboo toothbrushes at the Ruddy. Refills available too!


Always exciting when a Movie crew comes to the Island...

film set wedding trolley


From all of us at the Ruddy Potato.....Merry Christmas to you!

reindeer choir cartoon

The A&W sensation BEYOND MEAT veggie burger has found its way into the Ruddy Kitchen. They turned it into the Beyond Meat Burgini...delicious grilled on our panini press at the Ruddy Cafe. Beyond Meat sausages and burger patties are also available in our grocery freezer. It is delicious...and totally meat-free. 

beyond meat burgini

Seeds have arrived! It surely must be spring. I love the beautiful West Coast Seeds shipper and all the gorgeous new seed packs full of promise for the growing season.

west coast seeds shipper west coast seeds side view


Sponsored by the Bowen Island Rotary Club, Shelter Box Canada is fundraising to support its relief efforts in Mozambique in response to Cyclone Idai. 

One of the shelter kits will be on display (including the full shelter) in front of the the SNUG on Saturday and Sunday     (April 13 and 14). 


Please check it out, and give what you can. Bowen can make a difference.



Island Wise Haida Gwaii Essentials: ADVENTURE SUDS

"Shampoo & body bar - all-in-one. Great for camping & travelling.

Lather enhancing Blacksmith Brown Ale from Prince Rupert's Wheelhouse Brewing Company & castor oil are powered by a crisp, refreshing essential oil blend that’s great for skin & hair -  it will help you do your laundry too!"

adventure suds

Ditch the plastic soap and shampoo bottles! Smells great. 

Thanks folks! Through your donations in the store, matched by the Ruddy, we were able to donate $1963.86 to Shelterbox Canada, in support of relief efforts for victims of Cyclone Adai in Mozambique. 


Hard to believe it is almost MARCH. If the cold wind that has been pummeling Bowen for what feels like weeks is taking a toll on your skin, I have a suggestion!

ONDINE. A line of beauty products made locally on the Sunshine Coast with healthful ingredients and minimal packaging. A lovely family run small enterprise, well worth supporting!

This line of hand and body creams come in refillable/reuseable glass bottles.

ondine glass bottle creams

Its all in the name. OK DOUGH. Brilliant. 

Frozen pizza dough, ready to roll. And it's on sale right now, $1.99 for a pound. 

Island Nut Roastery peanut butter! A new fave. Short of making your own peanut butter at home in your food processor (best), this is fabulous fresh peanut butter. Even better, it comes in glass jars, and is made locally in Sidney on Vancouver Island.

island nut roastery

A big shout out to staff KAREN and JADEN for launching another wonderful plastic eliminating initiative at the Ruddy. Jaden noted that every night all the dishes in the deli cases are wrapped with plastic wrap, and then in the morning, all that wrap is taken off and discarded. He suggested we try the re-useableABEEGO beeswax/cotton sheets as an alternative. Karen then researched how to MAKE beeswax food wrap sheets at home, and came up with a test sheet. It worked very well! So, now Karen is making custom wraps for our Deli cases, and we say bye bye to overnight plastic wrap. Nice work, team!

One less plastic bag...

We just removed the plastic shopping bags from the produce and bulk sections. We have three kinds of cloth/mesh produce bag sets ranging in price from $10 to $20, or, use the provided PAPER bags (in various sizes), or pickup a recyled cardboard box from the front, or take the produce items loose to the cashier. Thanks for helping us reduce plastics at the Ruddy!

paper bags in produce 3 canvas produce bags paper bags in produce 1

The RUDDY KITCHEN just made a beautiful LENTIL SHEPHERD'S PIE. I think this will be my new favourite dinner! Mushrooms, veggies, lentils in a beautiful sauce (think wine, cream) topped with layers of potato and yam. Gorgeous!

So much fun at last night's "Evening of Tastings"! This was our 17th year of hosting this event. So great to have Niko from Simon's Pies and Lori from Betterwith Ice cream joining us. Lots of delicious samples, laughter and community. Thanks for coming out everybody!

betterwith ice cream chef Jeffdeli crowd 2 lawrence sample table mario from simons pies

Adventure travel to Bowen Island! A very rare event..but after this sailing, the Bowen Ferry was actually cancelled due to high winds. Chaos ensued as commuters, students, visitors, shoppers and delivery trucks on both sides of the water were stranded. Crazy!

stormy bowen ferry 1

Now it's feeling like the Holiday Season! Hannukah celebrations, Christmas trees arriving, chocolates and treats, bright lights, a bit frosty outside. And the Bowen Island Community Choir Holiday Concert tomorrow! Last shipment of Christmas Trees arriving on December 10. December in full swing....


From Giesbrecht Farm in the Fraser Valley.

peeking santa

We are always working on ways to reduce the use of single use plastics. A tough thing in a grocery store, where a lot of product arrives packaged that way. One of the really bad categories for single use plastics is HOUSE CLEANING SUPPLIES. And so we were thrilled to find all natural, biodegradeable laundry soap from THE SOAP WORKS in a simple paper bag. Way to go guys! Good for about 60 loads.

paper bag laundry soap


A classic Bowen business transaction: 

The warehouse door is wide open, no staff around, two folks I don't know standing inside holding boxes of apples. "Aubin sent these down, just picked. Someone knows about it"

"Sure, just leave them on the table there. Thanks!"

Sometimes  small towns are the best!

local apples


Gotta love this Community!

The Van Lith de Jeude family had a bumper crop of QUINCE this fall. They brought their surplus in to the Ruddy where we gave it away. How great is that!? We had a huge gorgeous basket of this unusual fruit, which spurred a number of great recipe exchanges and curious debates. THANKS Lyn and Everhardt!


Time to reorganize and renew.

 THE CAFE AT THE RUDDY KITCHEN is closing for the winter. 

hibernating bear

See you in the SPRING!

Almost Thanksgiving weekend! How did that happen so fast! This is a great time to work in a food store: free run local turkeys arriving, beautiful big bone in hams from Vancouver island, fresh cranberries and beautiful squashes, apples, pears....the list goes on. Oh and of course the pies: pumpkin, apple, fresh fruits...with the whipping cream and ice cream. Fall is a gorgeous season for food!

This offering from Canadian Living is great if you are looking for feast ideas: thanksgiving recipe guide

veggie turkey pumpking pie turkey dinner

Happy Thanksgiving!!

SPARK KOMUCHA from Squamish, BC is back at the Ruddy! I love the re-fill station. Buy a 1 or 2 litre super cute growler, and then just re-fill in the store as needed. Way less waste than single use bottles. You can also buy a 12 oz (compostable) cup in the store, if you need a Komucha fix right away. 


Fall is here, kids are back to school, plums and apples abound. Love this season! We are enjoying the last of the incredible local tomatoes grown by Bowen Island's HOME FARM GARDENS. I've been dropping them  by the handful whole into pasta sauces and stews for a big pop of summer tomato flavour. Oh, and with fresh local garlic and basil of course...

home farm tomatos

Did you know that SPUD is working with WALMART?

"The Vancouver home delivery arrangement differs from Walmart’s fulfilment model in Toronto, where it delivers goods picked from its own store shelves using crowd source delivery companies. In Vancouver, Walmart will ship and store fresh groceries to the warehouse of Food-X’s parent company, Spud Inc., a local online grocery retailer that has delivered organics and other food products to residents since 1997".

Just sayin.

What better way to launch into August than with the introduction of POP SHOPPE vintage Ice Cream Floats!

Pop Shoppe soda is an iconic Canadian brand that started up in Ontario in 1969. Now owned by Ontario's Beverage World, the vintage stubby glass bottles and traditional soda flavours are a fun addtion to the Ruddy's cold drinks lineup. 

Pour it over creamy organic vanilla bean ice cream, in an old fashioned milkshake glass with a paper straw...well, what could be better on a hot afternoon? 

W float pop shoppe

The best time of year to sit out at the pretty RUDDY DELI Patio with a frosty iced latte! Moja espresso, Avalon Dairy traceable milk, ice...in a compostable cup with a pretty retro paper straw. 

summer view 1 Jaden with ice lattes 2 iced lattes on a rock

smiling dog

AHHH....we wait all year for this!

See you at the beach!

I just found a great way to make pasta, and a great use for all that summer veggies...

One pot past from damndelicious ! 


One Pot Pasta

I've been waiting all year for BLUEBERRY season to roll around. And here it is! Gorgeous flats of fresh blueberries from Krause Berry farm in the fraser valley.


Im going to try this super easy fresh berry tart with fresh blueberries, maybe a mint garnish....check out the recipe on our recipes page/summer.

easy summer fruit tart


It's an exciting day!

The first strawberries from Krause Berry Farm arrive this afternoon. 

And we have a new bread line, locally produced in  North Vancouver, and at excellent family friendly prices:

artisan bake shoppe logo


Need to take your coffee or tea on the ferry?

10% off if you bring your own travel mug, or purchase one of ours.


10 cents buys you a compostable cup and lid...they go in the compost when you are done....

coffee cup options

Packaging update!!

We have the green light to put our new compostable packaging directly into the FOOD WASTE stream. Not recycling or garbage: FOOD WASTE!! This is a huge step forward to the reduction of garbage and of plastics choking our oceans and environment.  And so, over the next few weeks we will use up the remainder of our current (recyclable) packaging, and shift to compostable for coffee cups and lids, portion cups and lids, deli take out boxes, pizza boxes, sleeves,  take out bags, smoothie cups and lids. 


spring fever cartoon

dog on phone bad dog

BAD DOG, that is...

 BAD DOG FRIDAYS start tomorrow! 

Our first batch of BAD DOG BREADS arrives tomorrow morning. This is beautiful hand made small batch organic bread made in North Vancouver. Naturally leavened, the basic bread has only 3 ingredients: water, flour and salt. The flours are freshly milled organic BC Red Fife wheat, BC Rye and Canadian unbleached white. This is a truly special product!

Because of the ultra fresh nature of this bread, we will only have it on FRIDAY MORNINGS (off the 9ish boat). To make the weekend really great, SIGN UP  on our PREORDER SHEET and your Bad Dog Bread will arrive the following Friday morning.

bad dog loaves bad dog window shot

snowman cartoon 



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Just launched our "help us do better" waste reduction program in our coffee area! 10% off if you bring in your own mug. Or use our ceramic mugs and relax in the deli...or, soon you will be able to buy a new travel mug from us. Failing this, you can buy a recyclable paper cup for 10 cents, and we will donate the proceeds to the local Food bank. We can do better.

coffee cup waste 3


Watch for packages of Wildflowers seeds from West Coast Seeds. A 125 gram package covers 80 sq feet and it is only $14.99 each. Package contains an absolute plethora of wildflower seeds from Sweet Alyssum to California Poppy and even something called “Chinese Houses”. Let yourself go and sprinkle away!

wcs wild flower mix

Also a raft of new giftware is coming in a couple of weeks. According to Lise, our giftware buyer, there are wonderful bowls, beautiful kitchen items, and so much more that she has completely forgotten exactly what is going to show up!

And, watch for new Riviera and Tree Island Yogurt lines coming in starting this week. Goat Yogurt in 500g tubs, plain and vanilla are coming first, but other varieties of petit pots and Greek no sugar added yogurts will be arriving as space permits. Enjoy!

petit pot goat yog special    tree island yogurt 2

Adventures with making Boston Baked beans in a crock pot from scratch! Here are a few lessons learned:

 2 cups of dried beans is not the same as 2 cups of soaked beans

 Just because you soak beans overnight, it doesn't mean you can just add them to the crock pot without cooking them first. You have to cook soaked beans for a couple of hours before you can use them. 

Its hard to mess up the sauce ingredient quantities when you are trying to fix the bean quantities: random amounts of more molasses, ketchup, water, beer, dry mustard, more water etc as the process evolved all worked out FINE.

You do not have to cook the bacon before adding it to the crock pot. It cooks in fine. Same with the chopped onion. 

Moving your not cooked all the way beans (because you missed the cooking them before assmebly stage) from the crock pot into a crueset and finishing in a slow oven with way more liquid and for several hours DOES finally produce delicious baked beans. 

If you work full time, this is a three day adventure. Soak beans overnight, day one. COOK beans 2 hrs, day two. Assemble in crock pot and cook on low through day three. 

Worth it? Absolutely.

baked beans


20cm in the forecast, and it's coming down hard. The Ruddy Kitchen will close at noon today so the staff can get home safely and the Ruddy van can be off the road. Still lots of choices at the store for snow-weary commuters who don't want to cook dinner: north indian chicken, parmesan chicken dinners, BBQ chicken peices, quesadillas, pizza, beef lasagne, quiche, dahl, mac and cheese, italian meatloaf.....

Come on in if you want to warm up with a Latte...

snow storm walker

New Product Just In From Red Sun Farms

Try the latest in our artisan varieties of tomatoes – Cocoa Tomatoes from Red Sun Farms. These succulent treasures may look a little weird, especially if you are used to the old bright red traditional varieties. But don’t let their looks fool you! Cocoa tomatoes originated from hot-blooded Spanish stock and have an earthy, savory flavor. Today they are enjoyed all across Europe and the Mediterranean. They can be eaten at any stage as they ripen. In the early - or green stage - they have a strong full-flavored taste but as the tomatoes ripen into a ‘basking-in-the-sun-too-long’ brown, they evolve into a sweeter fruit which can nicely offset the acid in pairings such as balsamic vinegar. Oh, and they are low in calories which makes them a healthy snack alternative! Treat yourself! Try something different!!

cocoa tomatoes

Loving those little PETIT POT yogurts from RIVIERA. Not only are they delicious, but they are SUPER CUTE!. The little jars can be re-used at home in all kinds of creative ways. We sell the lids as well, further expanding the possibilities. Here are some inspiring ideas..

riviera jars 3 riviera jars 5 riviera jars 2 riviera petit pot

Maybe I'm a bit punchy after all that Holiday hullabaloo, but I'm thinking this couldn't hurt. Kind of fits, actually.

bog bar

And while Im on this track...who would have thought "MUD Activated Charcoal toothpaste" would be so popular??

mud charcoal toothpaste

Home stretch to Christmas! How perfect here on the West Coast- blue skies, hovering around freezing, a bit of snow in the forecast for Christmas day. Im thinking about a relaxed international dinner on Christmas eve: maybe a cheese fondue with a crusty baguette, a traditional tourtiere and a roasted fruit and veg on baby greens salad....

cheese fondue tourtiere roasted veg salad

At the Evening of Tastings our local Brit community was unified in their demand for Melton Mowbray pork pies. I said I would hang a British flag out the front door when they arrive...well. They arrive THURSDAY. Anyone have a flag I can borrow?

melton mowbray plaque  melton mowbray pie guy


We had a blast at our annual Holiday Evening of Tastings last Tuesday night! The store was packed as the community enjoyed wine, sparkling juices and peppermint hot chocolate. Fishermans Market came over to sample candied salmon and fresh shrimp canapes. Simons Pies was popular with their delicious meat pies and seaonal Tourtiere. Our traditional cheese fondue was a hit, and local  Lise Gouminiak sampled her gorgeous holiday cookie gifts. Our chef Jeff sampled his Thai Chicken Curry and Dahl, the deli put out cookies and appies, and Cilla manned her famous specialty cheese station. Many thanks to all...it was a wonderful 16th annual event!

evening of tastings 1 evening of tastings 2 evening of tastings 4 fisheevening of tastings 3  

thanks BETTER ON BOWEN for the pics!


I am completely converted to these handmade SHAMPOO BARS, from Island Wise Essentials on Haida Gwaii.  They lather beautifully, smell great and are easy on your skin. AND they eventually wash away to nothing. No recycling, no plastic. They last a long time, just waiting in a little pottery dish by the bath...

shampoo bar

Yup, that other white Van in the corner is Fresh Street Market making a delivery in Cates Square..at least he eventually moved his truck out of our Loading Space. Kinda discouraging, really. 

fresh street market deliver

Fresh street market...owned by H. Y. Louie Co, one of B.C.’s oldest and largest companies. Owns IGA, London Drugs, Cash and Carry and Fresh Street Market, with..estimated 4.6 billion in sales in 2013.

A great message on our facebook page from a customer enjoying our SUMATRA coffee...just had to share it here:



I'm inspired to try to make these eyeballs to creepify tonights dinner...

eyeball pasta 

Apparently mozza cheese sticks and black olives. Cut out shapes with two different sized straws, insert olives into the cheese. Voila. Gross. 

We have a lot of talented cooks on our staff, and what's cooking at home is a common conversation. Tonight, Lois is making soup. Scotch broth in fact. I managed to coax the basics of the recipe out of her to share with you here:

-Saute lamb stew cubes in a little olive oil

-add a bunch of stock (of course we all have home made stocks in our freezer)

-add a bunch of finely diced carrots, onions, celery and parsnips

-throw in some pot barley

-Simmer away! Maybe a bit of tarragon?

Sounds like dinner, with a crusty baguette and a fresh salad....

scotch broth

Love it when local fall produce rolls in! Kale, greens and tomatoes from Home Farm. Prune plums, apples from various neighbours. Local BC garlic, last Fraser Valley strawberries and raspberries. The reliable zuchini. Squashes and pumpkins. Beautiful, fresh, colorful. 

sugar pie pumpkins local apples bc garlic local prune plums

A glorious fall day here on Bowen Island! Clear sunny skies, nice cool breeze...a great day to have an afternoon off. Which we will all be doing when the store closes at 1pm due to an island wide 4 hour BC HYDRO power cut. It is never dull here on our little peice of paradise!. Meanwhile, a latte on the patio and a stockpile of instant easy food for tonight might be a great plan.

outside 2

AArrgg...sometimes running a  small independent grocery store on a little island can be pretty rough! Like when the delivery truck leaves skids of your product behind in Vancouver because it is full, and you cant' get another refrigerated truck for 4 days. Or when a supplier forgets to fill your order and the expensive delivery truck arrives to pick it up...to find no order...and so no product replenishment from the weekend...and then the scheduled truck can't go back because of ferry times, and then after much calling and negotiating, another truck is arranged for the following day, which gets bumped, resulting in our ice cream and frozen being shipped from Vancouver, over the ferry etc in a non refrigerated truck, without letting us know there is a problem etc etc. Just sayin.  And then, our internet landline goes down, crashing payment services so we can only take cash, no credit of debit cards. Not the best week, all in all.

All to say, we are VERY GRATEFUL for our wonderful sustaining local community support. THANKYOU for hanging with us!

How did it get to be August 1st already?

With record high temperatures in the forecast and fires raging around the Province, I'm feeling grateful to be surrounded by temperate rainforest and fabulous beaches. Time to grab some healthy delicious snacks and get out there!

small kid with beach cooler

How about we all rise up and say NO to industrial logging on Bowen Island?




We just got our first shipment from BJORNBAR BAKERY in North Vancouver. WOW. Really beautiful handmade bars, squares and merangues. Also this killer thing called a Raspberry B Bomb: basically a croissant/donut rolled around homemade raspberry jam, baked, and rolled in sugar. Oh my. 

Bjornbar merangues bjornbar berry bar bjornbar brulee squares